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HAPPY NEW YEAR!ICDA has been rather sporadic in its email responses. Please bear with us. We are in the process of updating the website for the New Year. Thanks for your understanding.
"Gender mainstreaming for invisibility or women's empowerment?"
MADRID, 4-7 October 2001
WIDE's (Network Women in Development Europe) Annual Conference will take place in Madrid from 4th to 7th of October, having as theme: "Gender mainstreaming for invisibility or women's empowerment?" The overall objective of the conference is to monitor the progress of implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action (PfA) and of gender mainstreaming at different levels, namely at the EU, national and international level. Moreover, the conference is aiming at adopting an action plan of strategic advocacy and lobby policy towards effective gender mainstreaming, as well as coming up with recommendations to the EU and other development and trade actors. Furthermore, the conference will focus on identifying gaps that possibly exist
and need to be filled at different programme and policy levels. Click here to obtain more information
It's official. At the time of writing, British PM Tony Blair has just declared that the British general election will be held on June 7.
With a British public ostensibly apathetic towards its politicians, ActionAid is seeking to redress the imbalance of prominence on domestic issues versus
minimal coverage of international issues, such as World Debt, and Food Rights with its Global View 2001 campaign launched very recently.
Christian Aid has just launched a massive campaign to raise awareness of trade
issues. For more information, check out their website.
This year the World Trade Organisation (WTO) enters into a new round of multilateral negotiations on services, mandated by the GATS (General Agreement on Trade in Services).
This can have far-reaching consequences for the environment, providing public services such as education and health care. This conference, organized by
Forum Environment & Development,
aims to ignite a public discussion on these issues.
Daunted by all this trade information? Don't be. Instead, check out this new page for the very best articles from Naomi Klein, George Monbiot, and a slew of articles that we have culled from our WTO Impact Lists of February -- June 2001. Students, NGOs, and Activists, eat your heart out here.
Please keep your eyes peeled for more information on ICDA's participation in the
Caucus of the NGO Forum at the Conference. A Special Report will soon be posted up. In the meantime, please feel free to hear
ICDA delegate, Ms. Meredyth Bowler-Ailloud of Strategic Development Initiative (SDI), read ICDA's Statement for the Conference
ICDA has a Talk area! Feel free to post your messages on ICDA's general Discussion Board (most useful for visitors). For
NGO affiliates, or Impact List subscribers, there is a private area where you can discuss issues most pertinent
to you. ICDA members are not forgotten either, and will soon have a password-protected site for them, too.
ICDA has finally set up its Special United Nations LDC3 Conference Page, in wake of the UN Conference which
is to take place the week of 14 May to 20 May at the European Parliament.
Please see below on how to visit ICDA's LDC Page, as well as find out what LDC countries are. Of special concern
will be the case of Sugar, and other useful links on the EBA initiative, as well as info. on UNCTAD.
ICDA has set up its Special EU_NGO Dialogue with Civil Society Page in the wake of the new round of issue groups that
is to take place the week of 23 April to 27 April at the European Commission.
Please see below on how to view the highlights of the last report on WTO Transparency.